Zurich Classic of New Orleans - R1
Player Score H
A Svoboda -8 18
P Hanson -7 18
E Compton -6 18
C Collins -6 18
B Martin -6 8
J Overton -5 18
S Appleby -5 18
R Streb -5 18
M Thompson -5 12
S Noh -5 10

Westwood guns for third title

Last updated: 28th November 2012


2011 winner: Lee Westwood

2011 winner: Lee Westwood

England's Lee Westwood is bidding to become the first player ever to win three consecutive titles at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which starts on Thursday.

The world number six was victorious at "Africa's Major" in 2010 and 2011 on the 7162-metre Gary Player Country Club course with scores of 17-under and 15-under par respectively.

"I'd love to be the first to win three Nedbank Golf Challenge titles in a row," said Westwood.

"You just have to look at the names on the trophy to realise how special it is. It's not the winning margin that is important to me, but it's the coming back and defending the title that is so satisfying."

The event organizers have also shown their excitement at the idea of having a three-time back-to-back champion on the records.

"Defending champion Lee Westwood has become one of the greatest players in the history of this tournament, and he now has a chance to make history at Sun City this year," tournament director Alastair Roper said.

Despite his top billing, Westwood won't have it all his way and will compete against a strong field.

Countryman Justin Rose is the highest ranked player in the field having moved up to fourth on the latest rankings after his runner-up finish at the DP World Tour Championship last week.

Local stars Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will also be keen to impress in front of their home fans, while Francesco Molinari, Paul Lawrie, Nicolas Colsaerts, and Peter Hanson - all winners on the European Tour this year, will also be in contention.

Former world number one and Europe's Ryder Cup hero Martn Kaymer is another player to watch.

"There is no doubt that the balance of power in the global game currently rests with European golf, and we are proud to have some of the best players in Europe competing in this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge," Roper added.

"We have a strong South African contingent who represents the future of the game," he added.

"We have a field that has a total of 12 victories worldwide this year alone. So I think we can safely say that we have amongst the best and most in-form players in the game coming to Sun City."

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